The Warriors have been informed by Dwight Howard he will not be joining Golden State, according to a team source.

According to USA Today, Howard has chosen to leave the Los Angeles Lakers to become a Houston Rocket.

The Warriors emerged from long shot to viable option after meeting with Howard on Monday. But despite adding swingman Andre Iguodala, Howard chose to pair up with All-NBA guard James Harden to become the next great center for the Rockets. Houston can offer the same four-year, $88 million contract the Warriors could offer but Texas doesn't have state taxes, which means Howard can keep more of his money.

That means Golden State will keep starting center Andrew Bogut.

The Golden State Warriors have signed Andre Iguodala (9), shown here being guarded by Jarrett Jack, to a four-year contract. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area
The Golden State Warriors have signed Andre Iguodala (9), shown here being guarded by Jarrett Jack, to a four-year contract. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

About an hour before this news, the Warriors have reached a four-year deal worth $48 million with Iguodala, multiple sources confirmed.

The Warriors cleared the cap space needed by trading the expiring contracts of Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush to Utah. The deal also included multiple picks, including the Warriors' 2014 first-rounder.

The Warriors also had to renounce their rights to guard Jarrett Jack and forward Carl Landry. Golden State had the Bird rights to Jack, which meant they could sign him to a new contract despite being over the cap. But to get under the cap, the Warriors had to waive that right and now Golden State can't afford Jack or Landry.


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Still, the deal lands the Warriors an upgrade on the perimeter. According to multiple sources, Iguodala -- whom Golden State has long coveted -- wants to play for the Warriors. He's a big fan of coach Mark Jackson and Stephen Curry, and his game fits the Warriors style of play.

Part of the reason, per one source, Iguodala did not sign Sacramento's four-year, $52 million offer was because he wanted to see if there were a chance he could play for the Warriors.


Free agent Dwight Howard has decided to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to sources. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Free agent Dwight Howard has decided to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to sources. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)